The City of Hamilton will soon begin its annual Bus Operator Recruitment, with the next round of hiring set to begin next week. Beginning Thursday, March 20th, 2014 and thru Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014, interested parties can begin the application process to become one of the newest bus operators for the HSR.
To be eligible for a Bus Operator position, applicants must be at least 21 years of age, have a clean and clear driving record for three years previous to the application and at the time of hire, and a valid class G driver’s licence, with the capability of obtaining a Class “B” license. Those interested in applying are encouraged to submit resumes on-line via the City of Hamilton website, or you can also click the link at the left side of this page.
The City of Brantford and Brantford Transit commissioned a GO Transit Business Case report with the goal of bringing GO Transit connections to that city. The report, which was released on February 20th, 2014, was done by IBI Group, who also did the HSR’s study a few years ago.
The report recommends two different route connections (1A – Hamilton GO Centre via McMaster University and and 1B Hamilton GO Centre via Mohawk College) be endorsed as the preferred inter-municipal service links for Brantford. McMaster is a large generator of transit trips and has connections to Toronto Union express bus. Many Mohawk College students live in Brantford and the college also has a campus in Brantford.
The report cites several different service options. Included is peak-only service of three morning and four afternoon round trips, Monday to Friday, Monday-Friday service with 13 daily round trips departing between 6 am and 6 pm and Monday-Saturday service, which would be the same as Monday-Friday service but with the addition of 13 round trips on Saturday
At the GIC budget meeting on February 27th it was mentioned by Don Hull, Director of Transit for the City of Hamilton, that a conventional transit route is on the drawing board which would replace the TransCab service currently servicing the Red Hill Business Park. The service extension has been on the drawing board for some time, but can’t be implemented because of the state of the current roads.
The change would see 22 UPPER OTTAWA extended from it’s current southerly loop point of Nebo and Rymal into the Red Hill Business Park. The bus would travel east on Rymal Road, south on Prichard Road, east on Twenty Road, south on Glover Road, west on Dickenson Road, north on Nebo and end at the Canada Bread Factory. Though Don Hull also mentioned that the HSR is also looking at a route adjustment to 44 RYMAL as well, no further details were revealed about what that might be.
The future intersection of the Dartnall Road Extension and Twenty Road has been identified as a potential future transit hub as it is centrally located within the business park and within an area zoned commercial. TransCab service was introduced on September 4th, 2011 to provide Canada Bread employees at the Nebo Road and Twenty Road facility access to HSR routes 22 UPPER OTTAWA and 44 RYMAL. On December 16th, 2011 City Council directed HSR to extend the TransCab service to allow employees at Countrywide Recycling (900 Nebo Road) to use the service. On January 7th, 2013, in response to concerns raised by Canada Bread management and union, the TransCab service was modified to operate on a fixed schedule.
During the school year the HSR runs a series of unscheduled ‘extra’ buses, which are meant to help with the influx of student passengers travelling to and from school. These buses operate along fixed routes in some segments and along special routings for other parts if their runs.
During March Break these buses are cancelled and will not operate as there are no extra student traffic.
Where’s the Bus?, a partnership between Coach Canada and PWT Canada, is advocating for modernization of Ontario’s intercity bus system. The partners want to make the system which links urban and rural communities work better for those who use it.
The partners believe that the best way to bring buses back into the communities that need them is to modernize the industry – a step that has already been taking place in provinces including Alberta, Manitoba, and Newfoundland. A modernized intercity bus industry would provide riders with better, safer, and more reliable transportation.
Next week is March Break and a lot of kids will have the week off. If you’re bringing the kids out for family activities why not leave the car at home and take transit? The HSR Day Pass is an affordable alternative to get around town and will save you gas, time and parking fees.
The HSR Day Pass costs $9.00 and is valid for travel all day. Up to five youths (19 years old or younger) can travel with one adult or up to four youths can travel with two adults with the pass on any HSR bus. The pass is valid from first thing in the morning until the end of service.
Here are all of the combinations of acceptable uses of the pass:
Route 43 STONE CHURCH will be on detour as the bridge over Felker’s Creek on Marston Street in Heritage Green will be closed to all traffic for approximately two months. Effective with the start of service on Wednesday, March 5, 2014, the detour for route 43 as a result of the emergency Marston Street bridge closure will be revised. This revision should allow Operators to maintain the scheduled times better and eliminate missed connections in Heritage Green.
Buses will be detouring via Mud Street in both directions as shown on the map. All bus stops on Marston Street and Gordon Drummond will be temporarily out of service. Valley Park Loop will be serviced by route 43 STONE CHURCH buses in both directions (to Lime Ridge Mall and to Saltfleet School). Route 43 will not service Isaac Brock in the westbound (to Lime Ridge Mall) direction due to the bridge closure.
Cnsider this: For hours on end, transit drivers manage to keep a schedule, check fares, give directions, announce stops, remember stop requests and more, all while safely maneuvering an extra-large vehicle through unpredictable traffic, adverse weather conditions and some really tight spaces! The fact is, transit drivers don’t have an easy job, they just make it look that way.
On March 18th, join us in celebrating the contributions of our hard-working bus drivers and rail operators! That could be as simple as a smile and a wave when you board the bus or train, and a “thank you” when you leave. You can also print out and personalize any of the thank-you cards below to show your appreciation in person, and you can help spread the word. And, don’t forget to submit an official commendation for a job well done, so your drivers can be formally recognized for their efforts. (You can do that any time of year!)
Ontario transportation minister Glen Murray made an announcement today at the site for the New James North GO Station.
Metrolinx has awarded a contract to Kenaidian Contracting Limited to build the new GO station in Hamilton. The contract is valued at $44 million. Construction of the new station will begin later this spring. It will add two more train trips in the morning and afternoon to and from Hamilton on the Lakeshore line.
Located at 353 James Street North, the station will be connected to a nearby plaza and include multi-level parking with approximately 300 spaces, new bus bays, a pick-up and drop-off zone, and pedestrian walkways.
The City of Hamilton released information that the construction activities on Barton Street will resume next week. Lane restrictions will be implemented on Barton Street between Nash and Centennial. As part of the work, Nash Road north of Barton will be partially closed for several weeks and motorist are advised to follow the posted detour route to access all businesses. These restrictions are required so crews can complete a large water main connection within the intersection.
HSR routes 2 BARTON and 4 BAYFRONT may be affected by any traffic delays which arise during the construction.
The two-year project on Barton Street began in July 2013 and is expected to be completed in the late Fall 2014.